(From The Washington Examiner)
Federal prosecutors announced Friday that they will drop all charges against activists arrested and accused of rioting during President Trump’s inauguration.
The decision follows two unsuccessful trials in which jurors either acquitted or deadlocked on charges against members of a largely black-clad anti-capitalism march. Other cases were dropped after a judge found prosecutors improperly withheld evidence.
“In light of the results in the cases brought to trial… the U.S. Attorney’s Office has now moved to dismiss charges against the 39 remaining defendants in this matter,” office spokesman Bill Miller said in an afternoon statement.
The statement does not address the alleged withholding of video evidence from defense attorneys. Prosecutors allegedly failed to inform defendants about voluminous Project Veritas footage, some of which cast doubt on allegations of shared planning.
More than 230 people were mass-arrested north of Trump’s inaugural parade route after some members of the march vandalized storefronts and vehicles, leading to a police chase through downtown Washington that featured generous use of pepper spray and batons.